A Grip-Full of Shaving Needs
This Travel package is certainly very collectable, and chances are this will be the only opportunity you get to own such a set in your lifetime. The condition of the contents is good, with some wear and tear on the paper and cardboard, but no tears and everything still looks nice, neat and compact. Although still closed in the box, the shaving soap feels empty and I suspect the moisture has evaporated from the container.
The razor in the set was made sometime between 1912 to the mid 1920's. These 1912 patent models were produced with a variety of handle styles and in later years many even had bakelite handles, including the "Parade" model. which had the large "baton" style handle. These "baton" style razors were, again sold under the various names of Gem Jr, Sr, Star and Ever-Ready.
There are many things that makes these razors unique and a must have for any discerning shaver, one of them being the interesting shaving position of the head. The head must be placed near-flat to your face and is actually quite user-friendly. despite its bad-ass axe-like appearance! This razor has an open comb guard, but unlike today's open comb razors they bend over and the teeth are joined into a solid bar, unlikely to make contact with your skin, and mostly manufactured this way to provide sturdy structure for the razor's comb.
The razor loads easily by opening the spring loaded cap and then inserting the blade onto the tabs at the edges of the safety bar, flip it closed and let her rip!
The razor weighs surprisingly light at 50 grams and measures around 90 mm tall, blades can be found over here.
Grab it and treasure this find, this is not something I'd use, but rather keep it as a showpiece, and remember to fill in your details on the form for the free shaving brush....this is obviously dependant on you finding Marty from 'Back to the future' to make sure the transaction goes down!